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Canon Announces EOS 1D Mark IV

October 19th, 2009

The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed performance beast with a 16-megapixel sensor, and Dual DIGIC 4 Processors. The camear shoots at 10 frames per second and is the second camera ever to have ISO expandable to 102400. This new camera also features 1080p HD video at selectable frame rates.

This has been the strangest release in Canon’s history. We–and I’m going to speak for a lot of photographers here when I say this–have been waiting and waiting for Canon to step up the 1d series and tonight they’ve done just that. The Canon 1D Mark IV is the newest and hottest camera on the market.

Do you want it or would you buy it?

Canon 1D Mark IV Key Features

* 16-megapixel APS-H (1.3x crop factor) CMOS sensor (4896 x 3264 pixels)
* Sensitivity range: ISO 100 to 12,800, expandable to ISO 50 and ISO 102,400
* Updated auto focus system with 39 cross-type sensors
* New, AI Servo II predictive auto focus
* 10 frames per second full resolution RAW
* Flash sync: 1/300th second
* HD video: 1080p at 30, 24, and 25 frames per second – 720p at 60 frames per second
* Manual video exposure control
* Optional stereo sound with microphone line-in
* Dual DIGIC 4 Image Processors
* 14-bit analogue to digital conversion
* Three RAW modes (16, 9 and 4 megapixels)
* 3-inch, 920k Clear View II LCD display
* “Completely weather-resistant”
* Rugged, magnesium alloy chassis
* 100% coverage optical viewfinder
* 300,000-cycle shutter

Canon 1D Mark IV Availability


The 1D Mark IV is scheduled to be available in late December. It’s gonna cost you your next three paychecks–the body is expected to be $4999.00. That’s up about $500 compared to the 1D Mark III price. But you have to expect that when you’re getting that much cameraz-a full HD video capable camera, and a super fast, pro dslr.

Check out these truly amazing samples from over at Vincent Laforet’s blog. He has been testing the camera for some time now.

Felix Wiedler’s Book Cover Collection

October 19th, 2009








Some great book covers from Felix Wiedler’s book cover collection. These are a mix of different types–some Swiss and some German. I simply love the uncomplicated design and use of color in each of these pieces. My favorite would have to be the “DIE TRAUM FABRIK” cover. The combination of metallic ink and diecut cover is gorgeous.

Check out the 17 pages of books and their history indexed at the website.

Selfridges A to Z by Wieden + Kennedy

October 16th, 2009

Selfridges & Co. is a chain of high end department stores in the United Kingdom. Selfridges commissioned Wieden + Kennedy to create an A to Z of products of the future to fill its windows. One letter however, was left blank–X. Selfridges’ shoppers were asked to submit their own ideas for a product that might prove essential come the year 2109 and beginning with the letter X. A model of the winning idea would be displayed in the London store’s windows, alongside W+K’s efforts for the other letters, which are supposed to represent “essential objects that may become commodities in the future”. Read more at Creative Review.

Exclusive Process: Dave Danioth + A Mothers Promise

October 12th, 2009

Dave Danioth is an instructor at the Art Institute of Seattle and is one of the very best. He is an extraordinary artist, particularly with his hand-design skills and airbrushing. His conceptual thinking ability is also extraordinary. His Second Book, A Mother’s Promise, written by Lisa Humphrey and released in 2004 shows a very clever concept–something I had never seen before. The book was a finalist for best children’s picture book by USA Book News.

When flipping through the book after Dave’s explanation of his concept, it was apparent that I needed to get the exclusive process posted here on the WANKEN Blog for you. From here down the process is being explained in Dave’s original words.

From the Record Factory Part II: Tonpress Designspiration

October 8th, 2009

I can’t seem to get enough of polish design. Last night was lost to my desire to sift through hundreds of archived record sleeves and album covers in search for great polish record sleeves. After nearly three hours I had found nearly 30 good covers. I’ve narrowed it down to the following records, all on the 1980 polish Tonpress label.

Check out part I of this post for more covers.


October 8th, 2009

Talk Demonic

Talkdemonic has always been somewhat intimidating music wise. Especially track 11. This track is only a minute in length but the unique sound draws me in immediately. Such a great track for an intro–definitely my favorite of the batch. Just a quick interlude here:

Are any of you familiar with creating sounds like these and what goes into the making of it?

The group is comprised of Kevin O’Connor (percussion, synthesizer, piano, multi-instrumentalist) and Lisa Molinaro (viola, synthesizer) and to top it all, Talkdemonic is from nearby Portland, Oregon. Check out their newest release, Eyes At Half Mast. It can be picked up from their store. The following tracks below that I’ve selected are from the Mutiny Sunshine release.

Talkdemonic – The Last Untouched / Track 11

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Talkdemonic – Eardrum Symphony / Track 12

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Talkdemonic – When I spent October with Erik / Track 13

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Talkdemonic – The Snow Melted, It Was Goodnight / Track 14

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Aquino House + Augusto Fernandez Mas

October 4th, 2009

This house, located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico, was constructed as a family residence in 2006. When designing it, Architect Augusto Fernandez Mas (K+A Diseño) focused on space and comfort. The nature around the house was also kept in mind as the architecture blends beautifully into the surrounding landscape by the use of materials such as wood, stone and metal that reflect the natural surroundings.

What an inspiration it would be to live in such a rich architectural environment like this one. It’s places like this where the magic happens. Not to say my current apartment isn’t a good environment to work in, but it just doesn’t compare to this house. Check out the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman in the third image. It compliments the living space quite well doesn’t it?

Via Arch Daily.


FRAME BY FRAME: The Helly Hansen Annual Report

September 23rd, 2009

Wanken Shelby White Designographer
Note: This project was completed as a class assignment at the Art Institute of Seattle. This was not done directly for Helly Hansen (though it would be very rad if HH took a liking to it). I hope that in some way the sharing of my process may be of inspiration to you.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been showing sneak peeks of projects that I’m working on via Twit-pics and now its here. If you’re just tuning into the blog, you can follow on twitter to see things that don’t make the blog.

The Objective

Before diving into the process, let me define the project. The goal of the project was to choose an existing company and create a minimum of 28 pages, bound, and at least 6 x 7″ or larger publication. The publication was to be an annual report about the company; presenting who they were in the industry and their financial success. The financial section of the project was required to have at least 6 to 7 pages of tabled financial data.

The company I chose was Helly Hansen and there were several reasons why. Every project that I do for an assignment (if I have the opportunity to choose), I like to choose companies that are easy to work with based on their branding. I also like to consider what options I have when working with their logo as well as the photography of the project.

Wanken Shelby White Designographer

Ghostly Anniversary: Tycho live in Seattle 9/24

September 10th, 2009

Poster by S.Hansen/ISO50

Ghostly celebrates 10 years at this years Decibel Festival. The 2009 edition of Seattle’s Decibel Festival will take place September 24th through the 27th, and Ghostly is kicking it off at the SAM for the opening gala on Thursday the 24th. Tycho, one of my favorites, along with Lusine, Michna and The Sight Below, will be playing this year at the festival. Good times and great tunes, hope to see you there!

Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA

September 24, 2009
6-9 PM All Ages

More info at and here.

Flame war debate: Canon Unveils EOS 7D

September 1st, 2009

We wait and wait all year for the camera companies to release new cameras so we can desire the biggest and baddest. Just this morning Canon announced their new addition to the high-end camera line, the EOS 7d. Now, before we get into it here, lets list the facts/specs about the camera:

• 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor
• 1.6x Crop
• 8 frames per second continuous shooting
• 1080p HD video recording with manual controls
• 3.0 inch Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dots
• 19-point AF system (all cross-type)
• 1.0x magnification and 100% coverage viewfinder
• Wireless flash control
• Environmental sealing
• $1699 price tag (body only)

Read the full review here.

Now, what do you think.

Is this a camera that is fully worthy of a release at this point? Do you believe that Canon should have spent their time releasing or designing something else? If so, what and why?

Note: I’ve started the debate by this comment earlier this morning.

Creativity and Finding Interesting

August 31st, 2009

shelby white photograph
For the last year I’ve been trying to define my style–not the style of my hair, although that may need work–but the style of the images that I create by rethinking how I make them. Rather than hopscotching over to the DSLR to get super clean, high-res images, I’m utilizing a much cheaper camera, the iPhone. Ultimately I’m dumping all of my resolution and settings.

The sacrifice is worth it for one reason:

When limited, you’re forced to be creative. In a search to find my style, the smaller camera makes me rethink what I’m shooting. The limitation empowers me with the requirement of creativity. The evidence is in the top left photo.

What do you see?

It is a normal light; the inner bulb and reflector. What I instinctively saw for a light, looked to me more like a skeleton. This is a prime example of finding interesting (taking ordinary things and turning them into interesting images). The next time you take a photo (if other than the family thanksgiving photo) try to find interesting for yourself. It will lead you on a daily hunt to create new photographs. Hit the jump and try to guess what each of the four images actually are.


Art & Copy Trailer

August 21st, 2009

YouTube Preview ImageAlongside Objectified, the design documentary film by Gary Hustwit, comes Art & Copy, a film about advertising directed by Doug Pray. Judging by the trailer, it looks to be a very interesting film and can’t wait to see it later this month.


“Art & Copy is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (Surfwise, Scratch, Wise!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who’ve profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising’s “creative revolution” of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in Art & Copy were responsible for “Just Do It,” “I Love NY,” “Where’s the Beef?,” “Got Milk,” “Think Different,” and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion.”

Hit the jump for the Seattle screening times.

Seattle Times
- Friday, Aug 21 at 07:00PM
- Friday, Aug 21 at 09:00PM
- Saturday, Aug 22 at 07:00PM
- Saturday, Aug 22 at 09:00PM
- Sunday, Aug 23 at 07:00PM
- Sunday, Aug 23 at 09:00PM
- Monday, Aug 24 at 07:00PM
- Monday, Aug 24 at 09:00PM
- Tuesday, Aug 25 at 07:00PM
- Tuesday, Aug 25 at 09:00PM
- Thursday, Aug 27 at 07:00PM
- Thursday, Aug 27 at 09:00PM

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